10 years ago – November, 2003
A plan to raise $2 million a year to help the school district with budget woes was overwhelmingly rejected. Budget cuts await. … A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist who started the blaze that destroyed the 15,000-square-foot Carlson home being built in Forest Lake. … It’s official: Polaris Industries, Inc. will build a research and development facility in Wyoming. … Hosanna Lutheran Church dedicated its new facility, a year-and-a-half after losing its former building to a fire. … After deciding to keep its own police department rather than seek consolidation, Wyoming officials brought on a consultant to search for a new police chief. A few miles south, Forest Lake’s council extended an offer to Clark Quiring to become police chief. … In sports, Kristin Howe finished her Ranger career in fine fashion by earning all-state honors in 21st place at the state cross country meet.
20 years ago – November, 1993
Voters strongly approved a $2.75 million levy that will give the school district extra funding for three years. Next, a building bond program of about $30 million may come to voters within months. In Linwood, township voters soundly rejected bonding for a new fire hall. … Washington County has agreed to a purchase price of $150,000 for a 10-mile stretch of an abandoned section of the former Burlington Northern rail bed between Hugo and the county line north of Forest Lake. The idea is to use it for a trail until the time comes when a light rail route here is needed. … In sports, coach Paul Kendrick’s cross country boys ran to second place at the snowy state meet. Eric Pierce took seventh individually.
30 years ago – November, 1983
The Lakes Area Recycling Center, a nonprofit run by volunteers, wrapped up its first year of operation just north of Town Hall. It collected 250 tons of waste in year one and holds the honor of being the only recycling center in the county. … After months of negotiation, the school board and the Maroon and Gold Sports Center board of directors reached an agreement on a contract. The district will pay no more than $492,000 for the arena. … In sports, the Rangers shrugged off a 1-7 record coming in and shocked No. 1 Coon Rapids, 13-7. Karl Johnson tossed two touchdowns to lead the upset for Mike Grant’s squad. … Washington County Sheriff Jim Trudeau cheered on his nephew, Jack, who quarterbacked the sixth-ranked Illinois football team to a 50-23 win over the Gophers. … The Chisago Lakes Patriots posted three shutouts en route to winning the national championship in the American Association of Christian Schools Soccer Tournament in North Carolina. Brian Hindt was tourney MVP. The team is led by coach Glen Montzka.
40 years ago – November, 1973
Incumbent mayor J. James Gessell lost a bid for a third term in Forest Lake Village, as Jere Noreen won handily. Noreen also has served two terms in the position. It is believed that Ruby Struble is the first woman to be elected to the village council in Wyoming. … The bowling league team from Hursh Cabinets defended their title by winning the Halloween costume contest at Town ’N Country Lanes. … School District 831 is taking steps to conserve fuel this winter. First came the decision to lower the temperature in buildings from 70 degrees to 68. Now, Superintendent Barnhard W. Bartel has declared a moratorium on all field trips. … The school district will have residents vote on a $2.9 million bond for new facilities, including an elementary school in Columbus. … Laurie Trepanier and John Popham star as Princess Winnifred and Prince Dauntless in the high school’s fall musical, “Once Upon a Mattress.” … In sports, the Ranger girls basketball team won the Skyline Conference with a 6-0 mark in league play. The Rangers went 11-1 overall under coach Joan Paulson. It’s the best finish in program history.